Don't want to start a 10/22 vs. Model 60 debate, as that's been debated to death, and I really like both of them. I sure would not have to try to decide between the two if I could only keep one gun. I was noticing something today, though, that I think is interesting. The Marlin has a really thick, almost match grade barrel, with a beautiful crown on it. My 10/22 has a much thinner looking, tapered barrel. (My Henry H001 Lever Gun with the round barrel has a relatively slim barrel, too). I'm just wondering, how can Marlin afford to put a barrel like that on a rifle that is sold so cheaply? The regular birch stock version is often priced at about $159. Or, to flip things around, maybe it's not something that's all that expensive. If if it's not, then why don't more .22 rifles have a similar barrel? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!